By Kelli Bland
USAREC Public Affairs
August 22, 2016
FORT KNOX, Ky. -- Truly mobile recruiting will soon be a reality for recruiters.
Human Resources Command released a mobile platform to U.S. Army Recruiting Command today, allowing applicant processing from virtually anywhere.
The secured managed tablet image is the first of its kind in the U.S. Army and paves the way for future initiatives.
The new tablet image will allow recruiters to access mission applications from a mobile platform on 64-bit systems with better processing speeds and will have the ability to capture applicants' source documents any place at any time.
"This is a huge enhancement to recruiter mobility," said Ronnie Creech, USAREC's G6 director."This new image sets the stage for future mobile recruiting capabilities we have in the works."
Information technology specialists at HRC have been working to develop a secure image for several months to provide a fully functional tablet system for recruiters while balancing requirements of security and protection of personally identifiable information.
Battalion S6s have access to the new tablet image as of today, but Creech asks for patience across the command, as it will take time to re-image all of the tablets in circulation and transition away from the use of the current laptops.
Creech expects the entire recruiting force to have the capability to function on the new platform, which uses Windows 8.1, by early next calendar year. Live Scan (biometrics capture) capability is scheduled for integration into Recruiter Zone by January and will be the last piece necessary to complete the shift to tablet technology.
While USAREC fielded tablets to recruiters starting in December 2015, the platform did not support full access to mission applications, which limited the functionality of the system and still required the use of laptops for applicant processing and the storage of personally identifiable information.
Once the new image is in place across the command, laptops for recruiters will start to become a thing of the past.
"This is a very exciting time for our recruiting team," said Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Snow, USAREC commanding general."There have been some growing pains along the way as we worked with HRC and Army G6 toward this mobility milestone, but I think this capability is going to be a real game changer. I think our recruiters will be more mobile, agile and technology relevant while conducting recruiting operations."